An ABC reporter was on hand to capture the remarkable moment a hay truck wiped out the finish line at the Tour Down Under on Thursday.

Sarah Hancock was waiting for the vehicle to roar past when the heavily-loaded truck caught the inflatable finish line in Gumeracha and carried it hundreds of yards down the road.

The incident occurred during Stage One of the Australian road race, but thankfully race officials were able to repair and re-erect the inflatable in time for stage winner Annette Edmondson to cross the line underneath it.